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Poster: Dudley Dead Date: May 11, 2012 7:55am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Donovan and Dave Mason

Donovan deserves more credit that he gets, especially for fans of late 60's music . Though in 65, he was defiantly in Dylan's shadow (who wasn't), he came out west, got hip to the then emerging psychedelic scene , and his album "Sunshine Superman" showed a way to get his own musical personality . This is one of the first psychedelic albums, recorded from late 65-May 66, released in September 66 ( a month after Revolver, on which , he is one of the voices on the song "Yellow Submarine", and I believe Paul McCartney returned him the favor , on "Mellow Yellow "). He was at the head of the pack . He makes reference to the Jefferson Airplane, in "Fat Angel", and this is the pre Grace/Surrealistic Pillow band !
And as most know his "There is a Mountain" , is quoted by both the Dead, and The Allmans . By the early 70's he was viewed as some sort of effete , old hippie , which was unfair, but the unfortunate view of many . "Atlantis" may have had something to do with this .

Dave Mason is one of my many blind spots . I LOVE Traffic, but was never as keen on his songs , and thus I never explored his solo works .